Thursday, October 9, 2014

There is Life after UPCAT


UPCAT is probably the most sought after and  the most challenging college entrance exams in the Philippines. Last UPCAT 2012, approximately 75,000 high school students took the UPCAT but only 11,000 students passed the exam which accounts only 14 percent of the total examinees. It is a dream for many but unfortunately few are eligible to study in UP because in UPCAT it is not enough that you are smart but you should be the smartest of them all. But what my title suggest, UPCAT is not everything, there is more things that you can do in your life than passing it.

Jica Lapena is a Magna Cum laude in UP Diliman who graduated Bachelor of Fine Arts. It is a 4 year certificate course in UP that can be turned into a Bachelor of Arts course if you will be passing their requirements. Like many of us, she dreamed to be in UP but failed the UPCAT. Though she’s not that good in math, she expected to pass the exam because her high grades in High School and the steps she needs to follow knowing her parents and siblings graduated from UP.  “Masakit ang pakiramdam ko nung hindi ko nakita ang pangalan ko sa online list of passers but it does not mean that you are not smart.” she said. Luckily, she found a way to enter UP. She took the talent determination test and passed it. You can follow the rest of her story below. (This article was brought to you by: